Mausoleum of Struggle & Martyrdom


Once used by the Gestapo for interrogation, torture and murder, this building now stands as a memorial to the thousands of Poles who passed through its doors. With its depressing basement holding cells and an interrogation room (complete with original bullwhips, coshes, knuckledusters etc), it’s a grim slice of Warsaw history.

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